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cheerfully allowed his followers to begin the war-. dance, but he himself looked on with conscious dignity; but after the excitement had continued a few minutes, he too was drawn into its vortex. At first a gentle swaying of his body, in time with the music was all; then a little sotto voce singing, then he joined in the rhythm stamping, and finally, forgetting his new finery, he sprang into line and danced more enthusiastically than any of them; so much so, that the clothes soon split, and at the end of the dance he presented a very seedy Appearance. It is needless to say that the dance could not in any way be checked, and found its conclusion only when all the dancers were reduced to a state of complete exhaustion.
With all savage people, song, dance and poetrj are indissolubly united; a fact which goes far tu prove the " naturalness " of the old Greek music. In the Malaysian archipelago we find a similar style of music, to that described above; but we find the natural instrument of barbarians, the drum, far more plentifully used.
The Javanese have two kinds of drums, both made of copper, but differing in size and pitch. The sound is like that of a distant bell, and as they are used in sets, the compass often reaches an octave. The larger set, called Salendro con­tains but five tones in this interval; the general effect of this set is major. The smaller set, called Pelog, contains seven drums to the octave, and ia minor in style. The natives themselves speuk of the Salendro as being masculine, and the PeU>g as being more tender and feminine in its <cS.erL

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